This is an exciting opportunity for a talented junior designer to help the next generation develop the critical thinking skills to thrive in the modern world. The designer will be be responsible for regularly creating a digital package of news resources for a school news club.
The Economist Educational Foundation is a fast-growing charity that uses the journalistic expertise at The Economist newspaper to develop young people’s news literacy: the knowledge and skills needed to think for themselves about current affairs.
We’re looking for someone who is excited to play an essential role in engaging 9 to 14-year-olds with our core programme, The Burnet News Club.
We're looking to find a freelancer for 4 days in December, with opportunity to work with us on an on-going basis.
You will be responsible for creating The Issue. Every half term you’ll work with the Educational Content Lead and Head of Design to bring the Issue to life by designing inspiring, accessible resources that will captivate young people and help them to access and break down complex global news stories.
We never talk down to our club members so we don’t design down to them either; the Issue never looks childish, there’s no Comic Sans and it’s a clip-art free zone.
Every Issue is different, and you’ll rise to the creative challenges for each new topic. One Issue might need an infographic that depicts the potential pathways for the future of the NHS, while the next Issue might require you to photoshop green scales and purple eyes onto a cat to help students understand the need to understand the bigger picture.
Here’s what you’ll be doing:
· Bringing the Issue to life by generating and sourcing on-topic imagery
· Creating simple and easy-to-follow session guides for teachers
· Designing vibrant activities that will engage students
· Build PowerPoints that break down complex subjects for the classroom
· Whipping up social media imagery so we can show off the Issue to our followers
· Producing MailChimp email assets to announce the new Issue to our teachers
Sometimes you might also:
· Create content on other multimedia platforms, such as Prezi or Biteable
· Work with a freelance filmmaker to translate the Issue concept into a film
An understanding of the principles of design, including typography, colour, layout and illustration and the ability to make design accessible.
A portfolio of work demonstrating the ability to respond to briefs creatively.
An impeccable eye for detail.
Excellent organisational and time management skills: you are used to working to tight deadlines and can prioritise appropriately.
Ability to think critically and creatively to solve problems. You are able to work in a self-directed way and adapt to change.
You take feedback constructively, and have the drive and positivity to overcome setbacks.
Teamwork: you take ownership of your work and you enjoy working collaboratively and contributing to a supportive team.
A minimum level 3 qualification in graphic design e.g. degree, diploma or apprenticeship OR previous experience of working in a design role, either in an in-house creative studio or as a freelancer.
· Adobe InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator
The Issue is published on six fixed dates over the course of an academic year (approximately every eight weeks). You will be scheduled to work four days in the week ahead of publication to design the Issue and make edits based on editorial feedback.
We will initially engage you for the December Issue cycle with the view to repeat for following Issue cycles.
You will need to be available to work for four days during the following weeks:
14–18 December 2020
15–19 February 2021
11–16 April 2021
31 May – 4 June 2021
Dates for 2021-22 will be scheduled according to the school calendar
We welcome applications from candidates from all backgrounds. We know that diversity within an organisation makes it stronger. And we know that maximising our impact depends on reaching and supporting young people, and teachers, from all backgrounds. So we deeply value diversity in all respects, including age, cultural identity, race, colour, ethnic origin, national origin, gender, religious beliefs, disability, class or sexual orientation. We are passionate about continually improving our understanding of barriers to diversity and inclusion, and finding ways to overcome these in everything we do.